The defending national champion Northern Arizona University men's cross country team remained as the No. 1 team in the country by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Week One national poll released on Tuesday.

Northern Arizona received seven first-place votes and 350 points overall to take hold of the top spot in the country for the second-consecutive week. Stanford (348 points), Syracuse (333), Colorado (324) and Arkansas (323) rounded out the top five.

Dating back to last season, Northern Arizona has sat atop the national rankings for a school-record eight straight weeks.

The Lumberjacks were also just one of two Big Sky teams to make the poll's top 30 teams.

On Monday, the USTFCCCA released its Week One regional rankings, and named the Northern Arizona's men as the top team in the Mountain Region while the women's team remained at No. 8.

Northern Arizona was followed on the men's regional rankings by Colorado, BYU, Southern Utah and Colorado State to round out the top five. Colorado, New Mexico, BYU, Utah State and Utah made up the top five in the women's rankings.

NAU returns to action with the running of the Greater Louisville Classic, hosted by the University of Louisville on Saturday.


The Northern Arizona women's tennis team is coming off of a historic season as the Big Sky regular season champion and is starting off strong with a nationally ranked doubles pair in Chiara Tomasetti and Hanneke Lodewijks. The two were ranked No. 57 in the Oracle ITA Division I women's doubles preseason rankings released on Tuesday.

Last season, Tomasetti primarily paired with senior Blanka Szavay while Lodewijks paired with freshman Brandy Walker. After Szavay's graduation, newly named head coach Maciej Bogusz will look to pair the two this upcoming season.

Tomasetti, coming off her first season with the Lumberjacks, was named All-Big Sky Co-Freshman of the Year after finishing 19-2 overall and 10-1 in the Big Sky at No. 2 singles. Lodewijks is also coming off a strong season -- 13-9 overall and 7-3 in the Big Sky at No. 1 singles.


The defending Big Sky regular season champion Northern Arizona men's tennis team is home to the Big Sky's only Top-50 nationally ranked doubles pair in Tim Handel and Ruben Montano. The Oracle ITA Division I men's doubles rankings released on Tuesday announced that the duo is ranked 40 in the preseason poll.

Handel and Montano ended the 2017 season undefeated at No. 1 position doubles, going 14-0 overall and 10-0 in Big Sky play.

"Both Tim and Ruben had fantastic seasons last year and we are excited to have them back again," said director of tennis Ki Kroll. "It is great for the program to have nationally ranked recognition."

Reigning MVP Handel went 17-6 overall at the No. 1 position in singles and led the Lumberjacks with an undefeated 11-0 conference record. Montano went 14-7 overall and 9-2 in the Big Sky.


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